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Dactyl meaning

dactyl - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. A finger or toe; a digit.
  2. 2. The claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean.
  3. 3. A poetical foot of three sylables (- ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented; as, L. tegmn, E. mer 6ciful; - so called from the similarity of its arrangement to that of the joints of a finger.
  4. 4. A metrical foot, consisting of one long or accented, and two short or unaccented, syllables.
  5. 5. Dactylic.
  6. 6. A poetical foot of one long and two short syllables.

dactyl - examples of usage

  1. The dactyl is used in some of the most pathetic and passionate monologues of the language. - "Browning and the Dramatic Monologue", S. S. Curry.
  2. The whirling circles suggested by the dactyl, with the occasional passionate break of a single accented word or syllable at the end of a line, assist the reader. - "Browning and the Dramatic Monologue", S. S. Curry.
  3. This foot, consisting of one accented syllable, followed by two unaccented syllables, is called a dactyl. - "Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism", F. V. N. Painter.
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